Monday, October 22, 2012
Yep, we get two words today.
According to my trusty Webster's the sense of quality I want to highlight is "3 the degree of excellence which a thing possesses 4 excellence; superiority ". And for quantity, I'm choosing the simple "1 an amount; portion".
Measuring motivation is a tricky thing, it being "elusive" as I noted in my "e" entry. Quantity: how much motivation is enough? And quality: is one kind of motivation superior to another?
I think I pretty much covered that quality doesn't matter to anyone but yourself in the "personal" entry yesterday. That takes care of judging it against someone else's stated motivation. However, within ourselves, do not some motivations have a higher strength, or quality in keeping us going?
So if motivation seems to be flagging, it bears a fresh look. Matter of fact, one of the questions my JC consultant asks each week is "what's motivating you this week?" What a great thing to do... examine what's powering our efforts... for quality and quantity.
As for "how much is enough"... that one's truly simple: however much it takes. If it's just a little nudge, but it helps me make a better decision, it is enough. If I'm having a tough day, it might take more... thus the examination for the quality of my motivation for the day is more important.
So... just for today: what is motivating you? Is it important to you? And is it enough?
Remember what you really want today... and may you have a healthy, well-lived one! Because today is all we really have.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
I have used a phrase to describe my eventing, regularly, to justify my expectations of myself to "finish in an upright position, with a smile on my face, wanting to do it again."
That phrase is "I'm not a *real* runner". I have used specific races to justify this. The ones where, it is my contention, "The real runners show up for these." Two such races are the Buffalo Run and the Governor's Cup. The Buffalo Run and the Governor's Cup are the only two track club sponsored events that give out age group prizes. For the Buffalo Run, the prize is a T-shirt (every participant gets running shorts, only the winners get the t-shirts). For the Governor's Cup it is money... or rather a gift certificate to the primary running store in town, which in my mind is as good as money. Every participant gets a running shirt, but only the top two in each age/gender group get a gift certificate.
At the Buffalo Run this year, I finished 4th in my "division"... just out of t-shirt range.
Today... well! First let me say it was Not what most runners would consider prime running weather. It was clear, not too breezy, but it was, face it, HOT for this time of year. The race started at 3 p.m. They sent off the 15K folks first, to get us around the capitol and off on our way before the 5K folks started. We share part of the course, you see, and they don't like to get folks too confused about where to go, right?
I chatted with other runners, tried to find myself a place where the "about 11 minute mile pace folks" would be lining up. Mantra to self: just another workout, run easy. Run SLOW. Don't trip on the cracks. Watch your footing. And keep putting one foot in front of the other. Repeat for 9.3 miles.
Some people run with ipods and ear buds. I run with just me and my thoughts. I run with observation of the people around me. But I pretty much ran my own race today. Slow, steady, walking only at the water stops. And I carried water on board, mindful of the heat: my camel back was full and jostling on my back.
Through the water stops, I pretty much gulped a mouthful or two and dumped the rest onto my shirt for temperature control. Camaraderie was great. I even had a little kick left to sprint (for me) across the finish, and I noted as I went along that I averaged about a 10 minute pace (final results showed it as 10:04) per mile. I felt really, really good about this outing. Now it's just a matter of MAINtaining fitness, and making sure I'm ready for the three miles more that is a half marathon in four weeks.
I figure the heat today was good training for Florida! And the Florida race is at least at a decent running hour... 7 a.m., right? Or is it 8? Whatever, it's morning!
Oh, and I can no longer say I'm not a real runner. Because I came home with a second place gift certificate. It doesn't quite cover my entry fee, but it will start me on the pair of shoes I want for that HM.
Oh, yeah, it's been a good day.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Today, let's get personal! As a word, that is. My trusty Webster's tells me that something is personal (it's an adjective, after all), it is "1 of or peculiar to a certain person; private; individual".
WELL! I can't think of anything much more personal than the motivation to live a healthier, fitter more nourished life! We each one of us has reasons, deep in our hearts, why we want to do this. It could be rooted in love for our families. It could be rooted in a sense of mission or purpose (another great p word). It could be somewhere tied up in our sense of identity (I AM a fit person, no matter what my current body state). It could even be self-identified as something we don't want to share: vanity, or whimsey, or whatever, shallow?
But the important thing about motivation and it being personal is that what motivates me might not motivate you, and vice versa. It does not matter! Don't let anybody tell you your personal motivation isn't worthy of the struggle! It is. Why? Because you as a human being are worthy of it.
Here's the deal: it can change over time! My reasons for wanting to be fit and healthy today are not the same as they were 30 or 40 years ago. Today it's about feeling good for the time I have remaining on the planet, whether that be one day or fifty more years. Perhaps that is a function of where each of us in our sojourn on the planet, but there 'tis. Pass it on. Pass on the message of worthiness. The message of purpose, place, and value.
And pull that motivation out, hold it close to your heart... that prize you want? It's yours for the effort you put in. Go get it today! Spark on!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Today's word is opportunity. According to my version of Webster's, this is "1 a combination of circumstances favorable for the purpose; fit time 2 a good chance or occasion, as to advance oneself".
What could be a more fit time than TODAY? Or NOW? Thing about opportunity is that when it arises, we have to be ready for it! An opportunity to take a trip, or meet someone special, or participate in a joint event... those things happen when they happen. If we don't prepare for them (like, say, for example... that half marathon in a month) we are not able to take advantage of them!
So here's to the opportunities in life to grab a little of whatever motivates us. To be on the lookout for things that can move us in the direction of a healthy life, body, mind and spirit! Because life is good, a fit life better, a healthy one... the best!
Friday, October 19, 2012
Today's word describes an aspect of motivation, that it is necessary to success.
My little Webster's tells me that something that is necessary "1 that cannot be dispensed with; essential; indispensable [the nutriments necessary to life]"
Well, motivation is necessary to living a healthy life, too. For some folks that motivation is inbred, seems they have no trouble making right choices. For those who lack the tools, they need the motivation to find them. For those of us with addictive personalities, we need the motivation to work our programs.
Every single time I have failed in maintaining a weight loss, it was motivation that slipped away. Fortunately for me, there are ways to nudge it back... hanging around positive people, those who also have to make health a priority has been very helpful to me. Spark has a lot of those folks... folks who never tire of hearing that we're starting anew, that we are having a crisis of motivation... and are here with a supportive word or two, including this stellar N-phrase:
"NEVER, ever, ever, give up!" Because, dear Spark friends... we are WORTH this effort. It is necessary to our very existence. And we have our lives to live! Which, remember, are GOOD! Spark on!
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